I'm developing a Linux application. I would like to figure out the minimum Debian release I should target depending on the version usage statistics.

There is a lot of such information for Windows and macOS. However, I was surprised when I didn't find it for Debian. Are there any resources where I can get the usage statistics for Debian releases?


The main statistics regarding Debian version use are the popularity-contest statistics. If you scroll down to “Statistics per popularity-contest releases”, you’ll see what releases the systems reporting popularity-contest data are running. This doesn’t necessarily reflect the general Debian-using population.

I would recommend only supporting the releases which still have security support (Debian 10 and Debian 9, more if you consider LTS and ELTS).

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  • Exactly what I need, thanks! – John Doe Mar 29 at 18:25

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